Science is overrated in Canada. As long as we are really nice to each other we should be just fine.
Sounds like an excuse for group-hugs and love-ins.
[quote author=“George”]Just this week the Toronto District School Board approved a proposal to create the city’s first Afrocentric public school. Now the young generation of black kids will get to experience what it was like for their grandparents to be separated from the rest of the society.
Oh… my… gods…. Though this makes me reconsider a consideration I’d considered a considerable time ago. Namely, that each generation of decision-makers wishes to show their competency and creativity by innovating, or at the very least by changing the way things are done. Too often, all this leads to is a cyclic repetition of prior methods, even if said prior methods were of dubious value.
[quote author=“George”]Just So, no, tscott, our politicians are clearly not interested in learning any lessons. Be nice, get reelected, bla, bla, bla,.... politicians make me sick.
That’s one of the reasons that, in my looming dotage, I’ve been pursuing a Master’s in political science. It occurred to me that knowing about the way the universe works is all well and good, and can provide some modicum of self-satisfaction. But putting the knowledge into effect to better the lives of one’s fellow man (not to mention one’s self) requires political support, prioritization, action, oversight and debate. Nothing gets done by people outside of a political context of some form. Politics of itself isn’t a bad thing; it’s another way to label (much of) social action, illumination and behavioral norms.
Politicians in our democracies, who must cultivate votes to survive, are in a strange bind. Their primary self-interested motivation is to placate, or even reward their constituency (pork-barrels anyone?) in order to garner votes. It is in our politician’s best interest to keep their constituency dumbed-down and thus, easy to please and ready to vote. Sadly, most people are all too happy being dumb. We can’t just blame the politicians though - in a free market and a liberal democracy citizens make choices about what to do and learn. Mediocrity, idiocy and trivial effort is most people’s easiest, first choice.
Thomas Jefferson, with whom I have a love/hate relationship, noticed this early on. He was a strident proponent of mass education in the natural sciences. He recognized that a prerequisite for a well-functioning and wise democracy, forestalling its becoming a whimsical mob rule, was education. Unfortunately, too much education these days involves pursuing the dry recitation of facts and foregone conclusions instead of the tools of skeptical inquiry.
I am saddened that our government is not constituted of the best and wisest among us; but I’m not surprised.
As Churchill said, “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”